As it starts to get colder outside, several organizations and businesses are focusing on raising money and awareness to help homeless teenagers living in the Ohio Valley. The fourth annual Wheeling Sleep Out will be held on Friday, November 7 at the J.B. Chambers Sports Complex in East Wheeling.
People are invited to come out and enjoy free food and live music. But the main event is where groups build their own cardboard box shelter and sleep in it for the night, to raise awareness of homelessness.
“When the lights go down and you crawl into your box at 1 a.m., and you’re laying there until 5 or 6, and you really get to think about like this is what life would be, if I had to sleep in this box. So youth homelessness needs to be addressed and we need to do something about it. So hopefully come on out, and join us,” said third year participant, Irene Harvey.
The Sleep Out is held in November to support Runaway Prevention Month. Donations will be accepted at the event. For more information, visit www.wheelingsleepout.org.